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13
APR

Stoneham stretches out well to win cosily
A win on the board

STONEHAM GETS HER HEAD IN FRONT

Stoneham finally got her head in front, following two second place runs at Wolverhampton.  Jockey, Charlie Bishop got her settled in her usual switched off style and bought her gradually into the race.  He encountered slight traffic problems on the home turn, but she rallied well and won the 2m half a furlong, Totequadpot Handicap cosily by a length. Mick commented "shes a typical Sixties Icon filly, always tries for you and I'm delighted she's got the first 2015 win on the board for Insignia".

13
APR

Unilit
Unilit cools off after a good piece of work

HERITAGE SYNDICATE TWO YEAR OLDS ARE NAMED

The two year old fillies have been named.  As many will know Insignia Racing tries to tie in our syndicate names with the company name of Insignia no matter how tentative.  Many Insignia's have association with heritage such as family crests etc. and the HERITAGE SYNDICATE was so named.

On that basis the Approve filly has been called UNILIT.  One of our owners has an association with the Bristol University and Literary Club, otherwise known as Unilit.  The Club was founded in 1889 and therefore happens to have a good deal of heritage!

The Lilbourne Lad filly has been called CUSTOM.  Somewhat self explanatory in that custom plays a major part in our heritage.

23
MAR

An Insignia Owners' Team Photograph!
A great get together

A GLORIOUS SPRING DAY FOR OUR 2015 OWNERS GET-TOGETHER

The 2015 Insignia horses were all on show at our 2015 Spring Open Morning.

A convoy of vehicles converged on the West Ilsley gallops where we were treated to the older horses being put through their paces first, who were then followed by a string of two year olds including the Heritage Syndicate's two fillies. 

Everyone then went back to the stables where we could see the horses washed down and owners had the chance to see their horses up close.  Stoneham was paraded.  She was not worked as she is due to run in a couple of days time.  She looked really well and is obviously fit and ready to run.

Further information on the horses are within their syndicate section.

Everyone enjoyed a few bubbles in the Berkshire sunshine before being treated to a relaxing lunch inside.  An excellent social get together. 

The Crest Syndicate's Jaywalker worked exceptionally well, and as usual made it all look so easy.  Knight of the Air for the Crescent Syndicate is a little more advanced in his work and everyone was reminded of what a good looking horse he is.

The Heritage Syndicates two 2 year old fillies were then shown to good effect.  The Approve filly looks a good early type and really points her toe, whilst the Lilbourne Lad filly will give a good balance, as she is likely to need a little more time and will probably run over a slightly longer trip.

25
NOV

Lilbourne Lad ex Margaux Magique
An early photo

YEARLINGS PURCHASED FOR 2015 SYNDICATE - HERITAGE

We are delighted with the 2 yearling fillies purchased to go forwards into next seasons new syndicate, HERITAGE.  A slightly different structure next year will enable owners to come in at their chosen level on a percentage basis with a minimum of 5% applicable.

The fillies are both bay, one a very striking Approve filly who has her grand-sire Oasis Dream's white blaze.  She is a lovely mover and seems to have a wonderful temperament.

The other is by precocious first season sire Lilbourne Lad and this filly looks every bit like her sire - athletic, rangy and full of scope.

Mick is delighted with them and obviously it's early days in their education, but they have been purchased very much with two year old careers in mind.

More details and photographs will be on the website soon, but for more information, please contact Tina.

12
NOV

Stoneham (near side) on the West Ilsley gallops
Stoneham being put through her paces

INSIGNIA RACING INTRODUCES FIRST NH SYNDICATE

The 3 year old bay filly, Stoneham, has joined Insignia Racing's new syndicate, ICON, to become the first runner for Insignia under the National Hunt code.

The Icon Syndicate has been so named as she is by Sixties Icon who has an exceptional statistical record with his progeny.  Although the stallion is making his name as a flat sire, and Stoneham has secured one win under that code, trainer Mick Channon believes this filly's future lies over hurdles.  He said "I decided to school her to see how she took to it, and was blown away by her natural ability, she just loves jumping.  She's good looking, has her sire's natural toughness and I think will give her owners lots of fun".

05
AUG

Worth waiting for!
Knight of the Air

A QUIETISH SUMMER SO FAR, BUT STILL LOOKING AHEAD!

Its been a quieter few months than planned, but there's nothing that typifies horseracing more than encountering a few ups and downs.

As already mentioned, Jaywalker, having won impressively on his debut run, gave himself a knock and is now enjoying some time out in the paddock.

Finflash has had a few runs, but things just haven't gone his way.  It is becoming evident that he does not enjoy running on firmish ground, and to that end, it is probably worth waiting for the going to come right for him.

Knight of the Air is proving to be a lovely individual, but he is needing time.  Mick is being ultra patient with him and says there is no point rushing him.  He is turning into a big scopey indivdual, who by growing, is a little weak and needs to furnish up a little before any major questions are asked.

These are probably 3 of the best horses to stand under the Insignia banner, and they are proof of the adage that "patience" is the name of the game!

19
MAY

INSIGNIA OWNERS ENJOY THE SUNSHINE AT WEST ILSLEY

It is not easy to get all owners together, but those that could attend enjoyed seeing the Insignia horses paraded at the yard, before lunch and racing from Mick's box at Newbury.

The horses all looked well, including Jaywalker, who is sadly on box rest for some time.  Finflash will be due to run in the next couple of days, whilst the scopey looking Knight of the Air will probably need another 4 weeks or so, before making his racecourse debut.

27
MAR

JAYWALKER - ONE RACE - ONE WIN!

Everybody's patience paid off when Jaywalker made his racecourse debut at Lingfield Park.  He has never had any major problems but little niggles that kept him off the racecourse last year.  However, Mick has always liked him and knew it was worth persevering.   

"There have been times with JAYWALKER when I've suspected he's been reading the Racing Post!  Everytime he's had an entry he's gone lame on us!  The Crest Syndicate Owners must have been wondering what excuse I was going to come up with next!  But he's always showed us speed, and did all he could today against a rival rated 68.  He's a super individual - great temperament and bags of talent, who will be effective at 5f or 6f."

He took the racecourse preliminaries like an old pro, Willie Twiston-Davies gave him a lovely introductory ride and although it wasn't the hottest maiden he could not have run any better.  Tina said "Phew, thank goodness for that!  We always hoped and thought it could go like that, but until they get onto the track you never quite know.  We can now look forward to the turf season with optimism!

 

 

 

 

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04
MAR

CRESCENT SYNDICATE COLT NAMED

The Crescent Syndicate's Bushranger colt has been named KNIGHT OF THE AIR.

Knight of the Air has a superb temperament and is pleasing Mick at home.  It is early days yet and he has not been asked any major questions - excitement still rides high with expectations for the 2014 season!

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11
NOV

The Crescent Syndicate's Bushranger
Bushranger yearling looks the part!

2014 SYNDICATE LAUNCHED

A stiking Bushranger colt has been selected for Insignia Racing's 2014 Crescent syndicate.  The bay colt was purchased at the Newmarket Tattersalls Book 2 Sale.

Bushranger is a popular sire who had his first two year olds on the racecourse in the 2013 season.  They made a good start for the first season sire's career and he is already proving to produce speedy precocious types like himself.

The dam is Picolette (by Piccolo) and the most prolific offspring of hers was Pintura, who was also trained by Mick as a two year old.  Pintura was by Efisio, who appears in the damside of Bushranger - so it is hoped and thought the pedigree should work!